Could an Optical Disk Free XBOX One Be On The Horizon?

Enter To Win A Free Xbox OneThe months leading up to the Xbox One launch were fraught with indecision and poor choices made by Microsoft.  Gamers were originally supposed to have an always-online console with really minimal disc support.  As late as the summer season of 2013, Microsoft was still dabbling with the concept of releasing an Xbox One design totally lacking an optical drive.  This would have been an extremely different machine compared to todays XBOX One, and might have considerably changed this generation of gaming and entertainment.  After all of the indecision making and back and forth with gamers, is it possible that Microsoft could still launch a new Xbox One in the coming years without optical disk support whatsoever.

Today, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer informed OXM that the possibility of a disk free Xbox One was on the table up until the middle of 2013.  While the concept was strongly thought about, the truth of massive game installers and slow-moving web connections brought the Microsoft to its senses.  Regretfully, Internet speeds are still far too sluggish to download fifty gigabyte games in a sensible period for a majority of consumers, and an online-only console would have caused even more backlash.

What about the possibility of a secondary bare-bones model, though in a not so distant future? Looking forward,  Microsoft could release an inexpensive version of the XBOX One, and considerably lower the obstacle to entry.  If this theoretical budget machine lost the Blu-ray drive, dropped support for HDMI input, upped the hard disk to two terabytes, and came without a Kinect, the asking rate would drop considerably.  Obviously, a deluxe variation would remain to be offered; however, this might serve a similar purpose as the low-end Xbox 360 Arcade.

The mass market isn’t all set to go digital-only, however Microsoft is clearly getting ready to invest there.  By providing a less costly model without Blu-ray support, Microsoft could have its cake and eat it too. The routine Xbox One model continues to be the norm, and a bare bones digital-only device can serve very much the exact same market as Steam.  Much like the PSP Go by Sony, this stripped-down machine would likely just function as a supplement to the regular console.  Even if it’s relegated to a niche market, it ‘d be nice to see the Xbox One below the $300.00 price point earlier rather than later on.

Obviously, there are numerous potential outcomes for the future of the next-gen systems.  Microsoft and Sony are bound to release console redesigns and numerous add-ons in the next few years.  It is only a matter of time for a major player to makes a significant step away from physical media.  The Steam Machine is due to be a good testing ground to see how well a console will be able to perform without an optical drive and function only as a cloud based gaming console.   Check out the video below which breaks down the components of the Steam Machine and let us know if you think Microsoft could ever do something similar with the XBOX One in the comments section.

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29 thoughts on “Could an Optical Disk Free XBOX One Be On The Horizon?

  1. Do the huge companies like EA, Activision, Ubisoft, ect use C++ or C #, or do they have their own special programs for making games, or perhaps potentially a specific kind of computer.

    I’m interested in entering being part of making video games with the big companies as a profession but I do not find all the coding too fascinating. I would be more into making use of various programs to develop the games rather than typing codes down.
    Any insight would be actually handy.

  2. is better.

    The Xboxs or the PS3’s.

    I own one of these consoles and to avoid biased answers i will not tell, so please don’t go off naming all the components of each console all i ask for is which consoles design do you like best.

    Thank you

  3. I’m a passionate gamer lady and I would like to know your viewpoints on this subject. Just recently, I came throughout a thread that fascinated me. It was about pc vs. console gamers. Both sides seemed to think each transcended to the other. My concern is this: do you think pc gamers are specialists or is it the various other method around? Why or why not? Just to be clear, I’m not searching for someone who concurs with exactly what I think, I’m just curious as to exactly what the Yahoo Answers Neighborhood thinks about this matter.

  4. I have actually been programming with C/C++ for a while now, and I have long been desiring to design games. However more just recently, after investing more time with my N64, have been extremely thinking about creating a game console much like it. I have checked out a plethora of pages on the internet on the subject, however I cannot seem to find anything that really assists … I understand how the Nintendo 64 and other consoles from that age typically work, however exactly how would I develop among my own? Exactly how would I program the kernel? How would I build it? Exactly how would I set the games/ROMs for my system? I recognize this would be a really long and unpleasant job, but I have a lot of time. I have already gotten some concepts for the design … but I wish to see to it the design fits the build. Any ideas, books, posts, tutorials, suggestions? I discovered one, “The Black Art of Video Game Console Design” however Andre LaMothe, but I have not read it (just discovered it on amazon). Any help would be valued. However I do not want anyone preventing me, since I understood going into attempting to make one that it would be hard.


  5. i love to be a game professional.
    i need to know… 1. exactly what abilities do i requirement.
    2. where do i begin from.
    3. exactly what does a game designer actually do.(detailed).
    4. the amount of do they make money.
    i am 14 years old and i know i can be an extremely, really succesfull games designer. i have already got my concepts for games. i am creative and i play console games aaaalot.
    please tell me whre to start and is it worth it.

  6. I have no idea what requirements you require for this job and what course I ought to take in college/university to become a console designer and is console designer the right word for the task or is it under the classification computer engineer or system professional or something else.
    finest answer gets finest answer

  7. exactly how come that you need to install games on PC then play it, however on playstations and xbox and nintendo there’s no need for setup ?? why do not they develop video game like console games so you don’t have to install it and fill the harddisk with games ??

  8. I’ve been wanting to change from console to COMPUTER. Mainly for FPS games. Any thing i should know?

  9. Hello !

    I am planning to buy a game console and need to understand a few things:

    1] How different is a video game console from a normal computer that can be used to play games in terms of hardware, accessories, media, performance and feel ?

    2] What is the difference between Xbox and Playstation ? And which one of these two is a better gaming console ?

    3] Can a gaming console be used in place of a computer for other normal computing jobs like creating and reading documents etc ?
    Does a gaming console include its own display device like a computer monitor ?

  10. In the beginning, during the very early alpha screening for the game ‘battlefield 3’ there were lots of individuals mentioning and uploading that the game was an isntant hit. Now that the beta (early beta readily available on origin today) is coming out, people are not sure of the quality in the console variation. They seem rather dissapointed, but my question is … is there an enormous distinction in between pc and console? I know pc will constantly be the most powerful device a minimum of for now. I simply wish for an excellent experience on console but people react as if the console had ps2 graphics. Are they aware that computer’s are simply too effective to copy on console, or theyre just ignorant. Please response:-).

  11. I indicate cmon, my rig consumes consoles for morning meal. I want there was more need for pc gaming due to the fact that it genuinely is one of the best experiences you can have when done right. Now die-hard computer fans get stuck with half-assed ports and very first individual shooter games that do not have dedicated servers. Exactly how delightfully.
    I have actually never ever gotten a virus. Do not open any suspicious files and keep a strong virus protection software application and you are great. I think most people that state console gaming is better have never experienced the pinnacle of pc gaming. Attempt Citizen Evil 5 in 3D at a large (greater than any hdtv) 2560×1600 resolution with 16x anti-aliasing and all settings at extremely high, running at 120fps. You would then understand what I indicate when I say pc gaming can genuinely be the best experience.

  12. I’ve been wishing to switch from console to COMPUTER. Mainly for FPS games. Any thing i should be aware of?

  13. I’m wondering whether to upgrade my computer or simply purchase a console. Console is bit more pricey however long term sensible I think computer is a lot more pricey. Better games are available on console and no lag compared to pc …

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